About Kawartha Lakes

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The name "Kawartha" comes from the area's First Nation Peoples, in whose language it means "land of shining waters". The moment you see the sun dancing off the gentle ripples of the water, you'll see for yourself.

Located just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, the City of Kawartha Lakes and its many charming communities are nestled amongst beautiful lakes, winding rivers, scenic farmland and pristine wilderness. With over 250 lakes and rivers throughout vast stretches of panoramic beauty, the Kawartha Lakes offer visitors a wealth of leisure activities year round.

Visit sixTrent-Severn lock stations from Bobcaygeon to Bolsover by boat or road and tour local attractions along the way. Take in the fresh air as you hike, cycle or ski an extensive 800 km network of trails including the 85 km Victoria Rail Trail.

Enjoy theatre and music at the historic Academy Theatre for Performing Arts or discover our rich history touring museums and historic sites. Pamper yourself at an exquisiteinn or resort, or get back to nature and stay at a quaint waterfront cottage. Spend leisurely days in historic towns browsing quaint boutiques or finding hidden treasure in antique shops. Explore our charming communities year round and celebrate local culture at agricultural fairs, seasonal festivals and art studio tours.

Regardless of how long you stay, there's plenty to see and do in our natural four seasons outdoor playground. Escape to the great outdoors in the Kawartha Lakes Region of Central Ontario! The more you experience what Kawartha Lakes has to offer, the longer you'll want to stay… and the sooner you'll be back!